Press releases

  • 02 Jun 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is deeply concerned by the spate of abductions, hostage-taking and summary executions carried out in recent days against passengers travelling in civilian vehicles.
  • 25 May 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s suicide attack in an outlying western suburb of Kabul which killed eleven civilians and injured ten.
  • 20 May 2016 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan confirms that a security guard at one of its compounds in Kabul was killed today in a shooting incident.  A staff member of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was also injured in the incident. The injuries are described as not serious. The circumstances around this tragic incident are still being investigated.
  • 10 May 2016 - GENEVA - Two United Nations human rights experts today condemned the execution of six alleged members of illegal armed groups in Afghanistan for “serious crimes and crimes against civilians,” despite the absence of fair trial guarantees and the continued practice of torture to obtain confessions.
  • 10 May 2016 - GENEVA - We regret the execution on Sunday, 8 May, of six people in Afghanistan, amid persisting serious concerns about compliance with fair trial standards, and reports about the widespread use of torture and ill-treatment as a means of extracting confessions. We fear that there could be more executions in the near future.
  • 08 May 2016 - KABUL - In line with the continued call of the United Nations for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, UNAMA regrets the execution of six alleged perpetrators of serious crimes and crimes against civilians. The United Nations notes that there is no conclusive evidence of the deterrent value of the death penalty and that the use of capital punishment does not contribute to public safety.
  • 20 Apr 2016 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Kabul on 19 April centered on a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in the Puli Mahmud Khan area, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack resulted in at least 28 deaths as well as in more than 300 wounded persons. 
  • 19 Apr 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the Taliban attack today in Kabul that killed at least nine people, as well as injuring an estimated 300 others. Provisional information indicates that at least two of those killed and the vast majority of the injured are civilians, including seven children and seven women. The civilian casualty toll is expected to rise.
  • 18 Apr 2016 - KABUL - Children in Afghanistan increasingly struggle to access healthcare and education, the UN said in the report released today, ‘Education and Healthcare at Risk – Key trends and incidents affecting children’s access to healthcare and education in Afghanistan.’
  • 17 Apr 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) calls on all parties to the conflict to take precautions to protect civilians during operations. The release of the first quarter civilian casualty data for 2016 showed continued record numbers of civilian casualties.
  • 04 Apr 2016 - KABUL - The Government of Afghanistan, the International Community and representatives from Afghanistan’s civil society and private sector met today to prepare for the upcoming 2016 conferences on Afghanistan and reaffirm their partnership and commitment to Afghanistan’s long term development.
  • 18 Mar 2016 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Tadamichi Yamamoto of Japan as his Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  He will succeed Nicholas Haysom of South Africa who has served in this critical role since 2014.  The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Haysom’s important contribution and service to UNAMA since taking up his role as Special Representative.
  • 18 Mar 2016 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Pernille Dahler Kardel of Denmark as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  Ms. Kardel will succeed Tadamichi Yamamoto of Japan, who the Secretary-General has appointed as his new Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA.
  • 18 Mar 2016 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.  He will succeed Haile Menkerios of South Africa, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and commitment.

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